In Memory of John Bayer, Jr.

Jan 11, 2017 by

In Memory of John Bayer, Jr. by Kelly Macklin John Bayer, Jr. passed away on December 8, 2016 just over a year after the death of his wife, Loraine. They are survived by their children, Regina, Hans, and Jubal, and four grandchildren. I first met John Bayer in September 1990 at the United Convention in Chicago (held for the first time out of the South!) My husband, John, and I were new singers and this was one of our first conventions. John Bayer was also a fairly new shape note singer, but I never realized that until much later, as he was a strong, vibrant and enthusiastic singer who seemed as though he had sung this music all his life. He was a bear of a man, with a beautiful, clear tenor who could...

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The Pros and Cons of Imitating the South...

Feb 23, 2016 by

We recently came across this article in a copy of Shape Notes, a newsletter edited by Bob Hall and Ella Wilcox for several years in the Washington, D. C. area. Our good friend, Kat Kinkade wrote this in 1995. It still seems relevant today! Kat was one of the founders of Twin Oaks, the longest surviving income sharing, non-religious commune in the U. S., and author of several books about it. As you can tell from the article she was an enthusiastic and articulate singer. THE PROS AND CONS OF IMITATING THE SOUTH by Kat Kinkade, Louisa VA, first published in 1995 in Shape Notes, a newsletter by Bob Hall and Ella Wilcox I attended the New York State convention in October and listened to Judy Hauff give a talk that dealt with, among...

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Did Lucius Chapin write the Amazing Grace tune?...

May 12, 2015 by

The melody sung to John Newton’s 1779 hymn “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound” is, without a doubt, America’s best-loved hymn tune. Rachel discovered an 1828 manuscript by Lucius Chapin (1760-1842), who was famous in his day as a hymn tune writer, that raises the possibility that Lucius was its composer.

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The Fourth Annual Lehigh Valley All-Day Singing...

Nov 21, 2016 by

The Fourth Annual Lehigh Valley All-Day Singing Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Saturday, December 3, 10:00-3:30 Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley 424 Center Street, Bethlehem, PA Corner of Wall & Center  ☙  Use Wall St. door To Bethlehem repair! All are welcome to sing from The Shenandoah Harmony at the fourth annual Lehigh Valley all-day singing. We will sing 10:00-3:30 with a pot luck lunch at 12:30. Please bring a dish to share. Books will be available to use or buy. The event is free and open to the public. Print flyer Saturday Evening Social: Join us  at the home of Katy and Dan Hunter (901 Frost Hollow Rd. Easton PA 18040) from 6-10pm.  Music, Singing (bring your Densons!), Fellowship, and Dance shall abound.  *Note* this year will be a dry social. Sunday Singing Brunch: Coffee,...

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Story telling event at NSV double all day...

May 25, 2016 by

Kevin Griffin Moreno May 25 at 12:54pm Since some folks have been asking, here is info about the inaugural “Shape Note Stories” event that will take place at the social on June 4 in the evening. We are inviting folks to share short narratives that illuminate their experience with the shape note singing tradition. Four featured storytellers will kick things off with 5-7-minute anecdotes. After that, we’ll open up the floor to 3-5-min. stories from whoever has a tale to share. The storytelling will end promptly after 90 mins., but folks should of course feel free to continue trading tales around the fire. Don’t be shy about telling a story! If you’re a shape note singer, then you have at least one story to offer, regardless of how new or experienced you are. Here...

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Lehigh 2013

Jun 12, 2017 by

Recordings from the Lehigh Valley All-Day Singing 2013

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